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Overbay on bubble for spot on Red Sox bench

Overbay on bubble for spot on Red Sox bench

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay should know by Tuesday if he's going to break camp with the Red Sox. That is the day he can opt out of his contract.

Overbay has pretty much been as advertised during Spring Training, providing professional at-bats, strong defense and a steady demeanor.

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But the Red Sox have several people on the bubble for bench spots.

In Friday's road game with the Blue Jays, Overbay started at first base.

"He's done well," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We're going to take every day available to us to make the decisions how our bench is going to round out. But he's a proven big leaguer and a dependable Major League player."

The one thing that still stands out about Overbay is his defense. But Daniel Nava and Mike Carp are other players who could play first base off the bench.

"You look at every player's strengths and you try to match them up, either in combination with others or, in [Lyle's] case, a veteran presence who has been in that role the last couple of years coming off the bench so he's accustomed to it," Farrell said. "But ultimately how that group on our bench complements one another is where things will settle."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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